This beautiful one pint pewter tankard is one of the most iconic and historically significant tankards in our range telling as it does the story of how Naval press gangs used to trick drinkers to enlist using glass bottomed tankards.
The straight sided heavy gauge tankard is complete with text that reads; "The King's Shilling England's navy while being the life line for the small island nation were always short of trained sailors. To get more men to join the navy the press gangs were sent out to recruit men between the ages of 18 and 55 some would be knocked unconscious threatened with a sword pistol or musket or plied with ale. Others would find a shilling at the bottom of their tankard of ale and since they were in possession for the king's shilling they were in the navy. This led to landlords using glass bottom tankards."
The tankard is completed with its own glass bottom complete with enclosed Shilling and a gorgeous Worcester rope style handle to give it a historic and striking overall look as well as having the added interest of the story which it tells.
Hand made in Sheffield England.
Pewter is an alloy of Tin (90%+) antimony and copper and has been used for making drinking vessels since the time of the Pharaohs. Pewter is a beautiful material which almost has a life of its own. In hand made pewter you can almost see a grain from the ancient moulds still used to form these tankards Pewter also ages wonderfully the bright shiny surface dulls down over the years into a soft warm grey.
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As featured in the Discovery Channel Program 'How it's Made'
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